November marks the twentieth anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) becoming law in Britain. The law improved the lives of many disabled people and put anti-discrimination law on the statute book.
For many disabled people the DDA was a bitter-sweet victory and didn’t go far enough. However, the civil rights campaigners and activists who fought tirelessly to change the law made 1995 a remarkable moment in disability history.
This blog is shared as part of a series of stories to celebrate the campaigners who fought for civil rights. You can find out more on our website or on social media using #DDA20
Over the coming few days (between 2 to 13 November) we’ll be sharing the stories of some of the people who were on the front line of the movement. People like Baroness Campbell, Mike Oliver and Agnes Fletcher who have all dedicated their lives to making the country a better place for disabled people.
Through a series of videos and blogs we want to share the stories of these remarkable individuals. We believe it’s important to tell this history. Not because it is Scope’s history – it was a movement of activists and campaigners, disabled people and allies – but because a new generation need to know what can be achieved when people come together and call for change.
We also want to hear from you. If you have stories of memories of the campaign for civil rights then get in touch. You can email us or get involved on social media using #DDA20
The next 20 years
We’ll also be sharing the ideas and activism of young disabled campaigners who are now picking up the baton to make Britain a better place for disabled people. This month we mark 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act, but what will we mark in another 20 years time? In 2035, when we look back, what will Britain and the world look like for disabled people?
We hope you enjoy the stories and they inspire you to keep fighting for a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.